The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I can’t figure out for the life of me why I’ve never shopped in the largest central Goodwill in our own city. I’ve hit up the one closest to our house, but didn’t discover the real Goodwill goldmine until this weekend. It’s super clean, light, well-organized, and has an enormous selection.
I have a list of items I’d like to add to or replace in my working wardrobe, for many reasons, including inspired by other bloggers’ looks, seeking a few fall trends (navy blue, equestrian), or needing clothes that fit my skinny pencil, petite figure better. I’ve learned a lot from looking at my own outfit pics (many of which y’all will never see, yikes!), and I’m beginning to understand what I feel very comfortable in, what colors and shapes don’t like me even if I like them, and that it’s really important that I wear clothes that fit me now and not two larger sizes ago.
But we’re a family of modest means. The Absent-Minded Professor has a long commute to the college where he works, the teens need funds for something at school every time we turn around, college for two daughters is looming near, and we’ve had more than our share of medical crises over the last couple of years. Hence, my increased interest in thrifting, and hopefully, doing some clothes-swapping or even just hand-me-down-ing, contributing to The Great Circle of Clothes (and Bling).
For the upcoming work week, I’m going to wear at least one item every day that came from Goodwill. I’m sharing pics of items acquired in the last two weeks – nothing cost over $5, and some items were unworn and still had tags. My haul included finds for my boss and my buddy Megan, but now that I know some more friends’ sizes and wishes from Sheila’s super fun Clothing Swap party, I’ll be keeping an eye out for them as well.
Oh, and if you’ve worn a cool “GW Boutique”, Dylan’s name for Goodwill (or international equivalent if you don’t have Goodwill where you live), I’d love to do a post sharing one of your outfit pics, maybe call it “We Struck Gold at Goodwill”. I know you’re busy, so how ’bout we make the deadline October 1? Send your pic and note the Goodwill item to firstname.lastname@example.org.